Date of Award

Fall 12-12-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Dr. Carol Wade

Abstract

Equation solving is an essential skill that gains complexity as students progress through secondary mathematics. Many students struggle to learn the basic principles of solving equations. Others have difficulties working with specific types of expressions and equations. Equasher, an interactive application that provides real-time feedback to support problem solving, was created to address these challenges. Equasher is a fully functional calculator for solving equations designed to foster conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. Equasher aims to reduce the user’s cognitive load and eliminate errors in algebraic manipulation so that the user can develop feasible equation solving strategies. Secondary mathematics teachers could implement Equasher as a tool to guide inquiry, promote self-reflection, or accommodate students with disabilities.

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